2022 NBA Draft: Post-Lottery mock draft
While the four remaining NBA teams continue to be laser-focused on reaching their championship goals, the rest of the league has moved on to planning for next year. There is still plenty that can change ahead of the draft as teams will scour the trade market and meet with countless prospects to make the best choice. However, with the draft lottery finalized and the early order established here is a first-look at our 2022 NBA Mock Draft post lottery edition.
2022 NBA Mock Draft Post Lottery Edition
1) Orlando Magic: Jabari Smtih- PF Auburn
While Chet Holmgren has been the projected top pick for a while, his unique body poses too much risk. The Magic have been known to fall in love with athleticism and size and Jabari Smith fits this build. He has a complete game with isolation and three-level scoring ability. Smith will be a great addition to the young Magic core.
2) Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren- PF/C Gonzaga
The OKC Thunder are in a spot where they can be much more patient with Holmgren’s development. The 7-footer needs to add a significant amount of weight to be able to compete on an NBA level but has all the tools to be effective. He is a once-in-a-generation player even with notable red flags. Expect the Thunder to take him and be patient in their developmental approach.
3) Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero- PF/C Duke
Adding Paolo Banchero at the third pick is a great addition for the Rockets. He may not have the defensive impact of the other two guys but there is a real chance he ends up as the best player. Banchero is a capable ball-handler who can create his own shot and teases playmaking ability.
4) Sacramento Kings: Bennedict Mathurin- G Arizona
Expect Bennedict Mathurin to rise up draft boards as the draft gets closer. His three-level scoring ability and star mentality will flourish at the NBA level. Mathurin took some massive steps forward in his sophomore season and will have a chance to establish himself as the face of the Kings if he grows into his potential.
5) Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey- G Purdue
One of the most impressive athletes in the 2022 NBA Draft, Jaden Ivey can get a rebound and go coast-to-coast similar to a young Russell Westbrook. The Purdue product took a massive leap in his three-point ability from his freshman to sophomore year improving from 25.8% to 35.8%. He is at his best when scoring the basketball and will make a nice backcourt partner for Cade Cunningham.
6) Indiana Pacers: Keegan Murray- PF/SF Iowa
A versatile defender who can impact the game without the ball, Keegan Murray will prove to be an effective complementary starter at the NBA level. The Iowa product had a massive uptick in scoring this season which brought his draft stock with him. Expect him to model his game in a Mikael Bridges-type role.
7) Portland Trail Blazers: Shaedon Sharpe- SG Kentucky
Shaedon Sharpe is one of the true mysteries in the 2022 NBA Draft. The 6’6 guard has an ideal NBA frame and style but did not play a single college game after reclassifying mid-season. He could have been in the conversation for the top pick under different circumstances and the Trail Blazers are in need of a home-run pick.
8) New Orleans Pelicans: Johnny Davis – SG Wisconsin
Davis will provide an effective scoring burst at the NBA level. He possesses excellent body control despite his 6’5 frame and effectively creates contact. He likely will take some time to develop but is an exciting long-term prospect.
9) San Antonio Spurs: AJ Griffin- SF Duke
AJ Griffin drew criticism for his lack of assertiveness but plays a winning brand of basketball. There appears to be more in the tank and he fits the Spurs’ style of play.
10) Washington Wizards: Ochai Agbaji- SG Kansas
With Bradley Beal rumors continuing to fly, the Wizards can add another elite scorer to their roster. Agbaji has an impressive college resume and will be a microwave scorer at the next level.
11) New York Knicks: TyTy Washington- G Kentucky
TyTy Washington would be an ideal complementary backcourt partner for Immanuel Quickley. The two Kentucky guards each can play both on and off-ball and bring a winning brand of basketball.
12) Oklahoma City Thunder: Tari Eason- SF/PF LSU
Loaded with potential and near-ideal physical traits, Tari Eason is climbing up draft boards. The Thunder are a prime candidate to fall in love with his long-term potential. Eason is great in transition, is a solid passer, and can guard every position on the court.
13) Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Sochan- PF Baylor
A do-it-all forward with a modern skillset. Jeremy Sochan is an impressive defender who can make an impact on the post or on the perimeter. He has no major offensive holes and an intriguing three-point shot.
14) Clevland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham- SG/SF Ohio State
A mature feel for the game for an 18-year-old. Serves as a versatile wing defender who gets to his spots offensively. NBA frame with a good shooting touch from all areas of the court.
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15) Charlotte Hornets: Blake Wesley- G Notre Dame
An impressive athlete with notable scoring ability and energy. Can play wildly at times and is still raw, but has all the tools to contribute at the NBA level. Wesley has the potential to be a steal of the draft and is sure to have exciting on-court highlights immediately.
16) Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Duren- PF/C Memphis
A physical big man who is one of the youngest players in the 2022 NBA Draft. He is terrific in rim protection and as a rebounder in his old-school style of play. Duren shows the signs of jump shot development and still has plenty of room to grow.
17) Houston Rockets: Dyson Daniels- G G-League Ignite
Dyson Daniels has a natural feel for the game and impressive instincts on both sides of the ball. Plays too passive at times but is mature beyond his years. A Lonzo-ball-like style of play who holds more potential as a shooter.
18) Chicago Bulls: Mark Williams- C Duke
A legit 7-footer who knows what his NBA role will be. Williams excels on the boards and protecting the rim. Little more to his game at this point but there is hope for development.
19) Minnesota Timberwolves- Jaden Hardey- SG G-League Ignite
Impressive size and scoring ability. Capable of serving as a team’s go-to scorer for stretches at a time with his three-level scoring. Hardey has to make some adjustments to his shot selection and feel for the game.
20) San Antonio Spurs- Nikola Jovic- SF/PF Serbia
Not to be confused with the back-to-back MVP, Nikola Jovic plays a unique brand of basketball. The 6’10 forward is able to handle the ball and initiate offense. He also can hold his own when defending on the perimeter.
21) Denver Nuggets- Kendall Brown- SF/PF Baylor
Kendall Brown is a quick-twitch athlete who excels above the rim. A capable defender who has a nice ready for off-ball movement which is important in the Nuggets system.
22) Memphis Grizzlies- Max Christie- SG Michigan State
A lanky guard with impressive shiftiness and overall scoring ability. Effective at creating his own shot and is a guy who wants to score the basketball. Must add weight to his frame.
23) Philadelphia 76ers (or Nets)- MarJon Beauchamp- SG/SF G-League Ignite
The Nets have the option to take this pick or wait for next year’s first-rounder from the 76ers. MarJon Beauchamp is a versatile defender who has work to do offensively. His defensive instincts and lengthy frame are his NBA ticket right now.
24) Milwaukee Bucks- Jalen Williams- SG/SF Santa Clara
Williams has an excellent feel for the game and an over 7-foot wingspan. Plays within his role and is capable of getting an isolation bucket when the team needs. Plays a winning brand of basketball and could be a draft riser.
25) San Antonio Spurs- Kennedy Chandler- PG Tennesse
Lacks size but has impressive pace and good instincts. He improved greatly throughout his freshman season and still has room to grow. His athleticism and potential will earn him a chance.
26) Dallas Mavericks- Walker Kessler- C Auburn
Impressive rim protector with much to be desired offensively. Legit 7-footer with a physical style of play.
27) Miami Heat-Jaylin Williams- PF/C Arkansas
A high IQ basketball player who can impact the game without having the ball. Especially impressive on the defensive end and can also space the floor. Effective glue-guy who does the little things.
28) Golden State Warriors- EJ Liddell- PF/SF Ohio State
EJ Lidell will need to become more perimeter-oriented at the next level but plays with a winning mentality. Improved all three seasons at Ohio State and fits as a modern-day power forward.
29) Memphis Grizzlies- Wendell Moore- SG/SF Duke
Has raised his three-point percentage by about 10% all three seasons at Duke. Moore is a capable ball-handler who can play wing or guard. Still young for his class but lacks consistency.
30) Oklahoma City Thunder- Caleb Houston- SF Michigan
Great size, frame, and instincts for a wing player. Capable passer and can initiate the offense with a solid three-point shot. Projects as a solid rotational piece.